Always Planning for the Future

Career Services transitions to online remote work to assist students in planning their future careers

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Always Planning for the Future
Contact Career Services at career@kean.edu to make an online appointment.
Brandon Gervais, Editor

With the changing circumstances during remote education, it could be easy to expect offices on campus to pack up shop and wait until students return in the fall. However, COVID-19 will not stop Career Services from connecting students to career opportunities and helping them plan for their futures.

Career Services has been diligent in offering the best career resources to the students of Kean University. Their goal is to provide and connect students with a position that will help them reach their full potential. Career Services has a multitude of connections in the local community, as well as opportunities in cities like New York and Philadelphia.

"Kean students' career journey does not stop because of COVID-19. Career Services is helping students remotely to prepare for an internship or to search for a professional opportunity as they get ready to graduate. We have virtual appointments to prepare resumes, hold mock interviews and search for internships and jobs," said Jessica Goldsmith Barzilay, acting director of Career Services & International Studies.

While away from campus, students can still make moves toward future internships, resume building and overall career planning. Students with high career goals should still be searching and utilizing the Kean Online Employment & Internship Portal to look at all of the opportunities that await them. Career Services also recommends using resources such as LinkedInInternships.comHandshakeCareerBuilder and Idealist.org. For assistance with any of these resources, students can reach out to Career Services.

Many of Kean's resources are moving to remote work and continuing as normal. If students are wondering how they can still access departments, the best option is to send the department an email by finding their Kean email address in the Kean Directory, which can be found in the quick links section of the Kean University website.

Students can email career@kean.edu, and tell them their majors and what assistance they require. Appointments can be made around students' schedules, including mornings, evenings and weekends. Appointments and one-on-one sessions are conducted using Google Docs and Google Hangouts Meet.

"Kean Career Services is reaching out to employers to see how our interns and recent grads can assist the business community during this challenging time. Many of our interns are currently supporting their internship sites remotely. We are even asking students to think about the new skills they may need today to prepare the workforce for the future, post-COVID-19," said Barzilay.

Career Services urges students who currently have internships to reach out to their companies and inquire about remote work, to continue to progress their experience and education. For assistance, students can contact Career Services.

For more information on how Career Services will still be providing students with career planning and resources, feel free to email them at career@kean.edu. Students can also make appointments for resume building and mock interviews, as well as assistance with their current and future internships.

On-campus or not, students can always plan for their future.


about the author

Brandon Gervais, Editor
gervaisb@kean.edu

Brandon Gervais is a junior English education double major. Brandon works as an Editor for The Cougar’s Byte and originally joined the staff as a Staff Writer in November 2017. He is a part of the Leadership Institute as a Gold leader and has worked as a New Student Orientation Leader. In his free time, he is a performer for a world class independent competitive color guard team and coaches the Union High School Color Guard.